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alimentary
supplying nourishment
gadfly
animal-biting fly; irritating person
dabble
work at in a nonserious fashion; splash around; move noisily in a liquid
supplant
take the place of unfairly; usurp; replace
malcontent
person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight; V. supply with ballast
minion
servile dependent; obsequious follower
hap
chance; luck
improvident
thriftless; not providing for the future
indubitable
unable to be doubted; which cannot be doubted; unquestionable
supposititious
assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical
congeal
freeze; coagulate
avuncular
of or like an uncle
comestible
something fit to be eaten
foment
stir up; incite; instigate; promote the growth of (something evil or unpleasant)
overwrought
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
edict
decree (especially one issued by a sovereign); official command
perspicuity
clearness of expression; freedom from ambiguity
inchoate
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
coin
make coins; invent or fabricate (a word or phrase); N. coinage: word or phrase recently invented
obsequious
slavishly attentive; servile; full of servile compliance; sycophantic
manumit
emancipate; free from slavery or bondage
consecrate
dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate one's life to helping the poor
orifice
mouthlike opening; small opening (esp. to a cavern or passage of the body); CF. mouth
cynosure
object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention; CF. Ursa Minor
collation
a light meal; collating
vouchsafe
grant condescendingly; guarantee; Ex. vouchsafe your fair return on your investment
centigrade
denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same as Celsius)
dilute
make (a liquid) less concentrated; reduce in strength; Ex. dilute the influence of the president
orthodox
traditional; (of someone) conservative in belief; adhering to an established doctrine
fanciful
whimsical; visionary; imaginary; produced by imagination; Ex. fanciful scheme
diurnal
daily; occurring during the daytime
emetic
substance causing vomiting; ADJ.
tangential
only slightly connected; not central; peripheral; digressing; showing divergence; CF. tangent
impetus
moving force; momentum; force of a moving body; incentive; stimulus; impulse
duration
length of time something lasts
callous
hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings of others; unkind
blurt
utter impulsively from nervousness or excitement
cantata
story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than an oratorio)
totter
shake or move unsteadily; sway as if about to fall
studied
carefully contrived; calculated; unspontaneous; deliberate; thoughtful; Ex. studied remark
artifacts
object made by human beings, either hand-made or mass-produced
luxuriant
abundant; growing healthily and in large amounts; excessively ornate; rich and splendid; fertile; Ex. luxuriant forests/prose; CF. luxurious, luxuriate
complementary
serving to complete something
sheathe
place into a case; insert into or provide with a sheath; Ex. He sheathed his dagger; N. sheath: case for a blade
nugatory
worthless; futile
belated
delayed
cistern
reservoir or water tank
quintessence
purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. quintessence of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence
reek
emit (an unpleasant odor or smoke); give off an unpleasant odor; give out smoke; Ex. reeking chimney; N: unpleasant odor; stench
nonplus
put at a loss; bring to a halt by confusion; perplex; CF. no more
opalescent
iridescent; lustrous; like an opal; N. opalescence
fracas
brawl(noisy quarrel or fight) in which a number of people take part; melee
canker
any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancer
deify
turn into a god; make a god of; idolize; Ex. Kings were deified; CF. deity
peregrination
journey; V. peregrinate
rave
overwhelmingly favorable review; V: talk wildly as if mad; Ex. raving lunatic
interrogate
question closely; cross-examine; cross-question
reputable
respectable; having a good reputation
spawn
lay eggs (in large numbers); produce offspring (in large numbers); N: eggs of aquatic animals
martinet
strict disciplinarian; person who demands total obedience to rules and orders; CF. Jean Martinet
paltry
insignificant; petty; trifling; contemptible; Ex. paltry sum; CF. trash
delude
deceive
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle; close group of people with shared interests
thematic
of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
anecdote
short story of an amusing or interesting event
deference
courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery
spate
sudden flood or rush; Ex. spate of accidents
taper
very thin candle; gradual decrease in the width of a long object; V. make or become gradually narrower toward one end
retrieve
recover; put right; find and bring in; regain; Ex. retrieve the situation